Pep Guardiola: 'Tough to keep pace with Chelsea, Liverpool'

Dec 27, 2016, 00:33
Pep Guardiola: 'Tough to keep pace with Chelsea, Liverpool'

It took Manchester City 72 minutes to wear down a stubborn Hull City side at the KCOM Stadium, but eventually ran out 3-0 winners on Boxing Day.

The England winger then forced Curtis Davies into an own goal with some electric dribbling late on.

Once in the lead City were more even comfortable in possession and had doubled their lead 18 minutes later through Kelechi Iheanacho as he was on hand to tap in David Silva's cross to claim his fourth Premier League goal of the season.

Hull will rue Robertson's moment of madness in bringing down Sterling as the bottom side was looking compact in defense and giving up few chances. Every time that Raz [Sterling] has the ball we just pass, pass, pass and we don't need Raz for the pass we need his quality in one against one.

After just six minutes, Michael Dawson upended De Bruyne, allowing Toure a 25-yard free-kick which was destined for the top corner until David Marshall tipped it over.

Belgian star De Bruyne look like the man most likely to give City a win but after 66 minutes he pulled another shot wide of the upright, as Guardiola flapped his arms exasperatingly on the touchline.

Defeat was harsh on Hull, who have won just once in the league since August, after a battling display nearly saw them take the lead when Bacary Sagna cleared off the line from Michael Dawson.

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After a disappointing end to the 2015/16 Premier League season, Manchester City fans will be hoping for big things under new boss, Pep Guardiola.

De Bruyne and Iheanacho threatened with half chances before Sterling was awarded the penalty and Toure convincingly buried his shot to the goalkeeper's right.

City travel to Hull on Boxing Day, something of a novelty for a manager used to winter breaks. Goals from Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling elevated the mood amongst the players and fans alike, who have experienced a rather mixed bag of results in recent weeks.

Davies conceded an own goal in the dying seconds.

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